SVT’s new flagship family series ‘Dream’

Dream is created by Aron Levander and Filip Hammarström, based on an idea by Johan Rudolphie. Levander and Hammarström are also the series writers alongside Dunja Vujovic. Two seasons have been produced back to back, with Amir Chamdin as director for season 1, and Kirke Ailio Rodwell for season 2.

Dream is set on an island, reeling from an asteroid hit. A young girl discovers that she and three of her new classmates have shared the same strange dream the night before the impact, manifesting their own futures. When the group learns that a horrible accident is set to take place – one they can knowingly stop – their decision to work together to prevent it from happening inadvertently changes the course of their futures forever.

Dream is produced by Palladium Fiction, and is now available on the Swedish FVOD platform SVT Play.

‘The Truth Will Out’ nominated for the Kristallen Awards

The success crime drama series The Truth Will Out has been nominated for ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Male Actor’ (Robert Gustafsson) and ‘Best Female Actor’ (Ia Langhammer) at the 2019 Kristallen Awards. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on August 30.

The Truth Will Out is written by Aron Levander and Hans Jörnlind, and is based on an original idea by the award-winning author and criminologist Leif GW Persson.

The hit series premiered on Channel 5 in Sweden in August 2018 and is available on the SVOD platform Viaplay.

‘Porcelain Dolls’ published in Sweden

16-year-olds Nova and Mercy are in a stolen car, speeding away from the facility where another young woman has gone missing. The two are being chased. Maybe they have always been, from day one.

Detective Kevin Jonsson has been handed a new case concerning online sex trade. He has to find the Puppet Master – a person using false identities to procure tapes and pictures of young girls. The investigation leads Jonsson to Nova and Mercy, but also forces him to confront secrets from his own past.

Porcelain Dolls is a dark suspense novel about the side of society most would rather pretend doesn’t exist. No. 1 international bestseller Erik Axl Sund’s latest work is a deep-dive into a merciless Sweden, trafficking, and the sex industry, but also the story of an undying friendship and hope.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders Roslund and Jo Nesbø once again grab three spots each on the official weekly bestseller lists. Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock is No. 1 in hardcover and in e-books, and No. 2 in audio. Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 2 in e-books and No. 3 in both hardcover and audio.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Week 32’s (August 5th - 11th) official bestseller lists for Norway see Jo Nesbø’s Knife appear at No. 1 on the hardcover list, as well as No. 3 on the e-book one. Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger join him on the e-book list, coming in at No. 5 with Smoke Screen.

In the paperback category Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X is No. 4, and Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room is No. 5.

‘A Hustler’s Diary – The Series’ premieres on SVT in 2020

A Hustler’s Diary – The Series, created by Ivica Zubac (left) and Abbe Hassan (right), will premiere on SVT in 2020. The series is an eight-part stand-alone sequel to the film A Hustler’s Diary (2017) and follows the main character Metim, now out of prison and back to living with his mother and younger brother. Metim still hopes to become an author or maybe an actor - quite simply, to become rich and famous.

Anna Croneman, Head of Drama at SVT: “It is a warm story about kinship in alienation, insanely funny and different to everything else in the comedy genre.”

The series will be directed by Abbe Hassan and Ivica Zubac and is written by Ivica Zubac along with Marcelo Obon and Can Demirtas.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Anders Roslund’s Knock Knock reprises its feat from last week and claims three No. 1 spots also on week 31’s (July 29th - August 4th) bestseller lists for hardcover, audio and e-book. Jo Nesbø’s Knife meanwhile comes in at No. 2 in the same three categories.

The July bestseller lists in Sweden

The official monthly bestseller lists for July have just been announced, and Jo Nesbø’s Knife grabs the No. 1 spot on the hardcover list, the audio list and the e-book list. Anders Roslund’s novel Knock Knock, published on July 19th, comes in at No. 2 in both hardcover and e-book. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus nabs the No. 5 spot in the hardcover category.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

Among this week’s bestsellers is Jo Nesbø’s Knife, the twelfth Harry Hole novel. Nesbø holds the No. 1 spot on the hardcover list and No. 2 in the e-book category. The author duo Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s Smoke Screen comes in as No. 3 in e-book and No. 5 in hardcover.

On the paperback list, Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X, the fourth title in the Fabian Risk series, places as No. 3. Lars Kepler’s Lazarus, the seventh installment in the Joona Linna series, grabs the No. 4 placement. The No. 5 spot sees Jørn Lier Horst’s The Innermost Room, the second novel in the Cold Case Quartet.

Stina Jackson the winner of 2019’s Glass Key award

Stina Jackson, author of the long-running suspense bestseller The Silver Road, is the winner of this year’s Glass Key award. The highly coveted award, named after the novel The Glass Key by American crime writer Dashiell Hammett, is handed out annually by the members of the Crime Writers of Scandinavia to a crime novel written by a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish author. This marks the 28th year and award since the Glass Key’s inception.

‘For the Missing’ No. 2 on the Icelandic bestseller list

Lina Bengtsdotter’s For the Missing claims the No. 2 spot on the Icelandic bestseller list for hardcovers for the second week in a row.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 30 (the 22nd-28th of July) see Anders Roslund claim top positions in several categories. His crime novel Knock Knock was released in Sweden on 19th of July and went straight to No. 1 on the hardcover list. Roslund also claims No. 1 and No. 2 in audio, as well as No. 1 in e-book. Jo Nesbø comes in at No. 2 in the hardcover category, No. 3 in audio and No. 2 in e-book with Knife, the latest title in the Harry Hole series.

Photo: Mimmi Torsson

Anders Sparring joins Salomonsson Agency

Anders Sparring is a well-established writer of TV series for children and the author of several successful children’s novels. More recently Sparring has moved in the direction of developing and writing for big drama productions, striving for originality, authenticity, and a focus on the people that are often pushed into the background. Sparring is equally passionate about writing comedy; he is himself a celebrated stand-up comedian.

Throughout his career, Sparring has written for many popular TV shows and gained extensive experience in writing for animated series and for dolls. In 2017, he received a Guldbagge nomination for his screenplay The World of Dolores and Gunellen.

Sparring is currently working on the second season of the hit TV series The Hunters, and the film adaptation of the praised Malin Fors series, based on the books by Mons Kallentoft.

Jo Nesbø No. 1 in the UK

Jo Nesbø’s Knife continues to place at the top of the bestseller list in the UK. This is the novel’s third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction.

‘Knife’ No. 1 in the UK

Knife, the twelfth installment in Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series, remains at the No. 1 spot on the Sunday Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction in the UK this week.

‘Knock Knock’ published in Sweden

Five red candles on a cake. Anticipation. How was Zana to know that this day would change so many people’s lives? All she wanted was to sing “Happy Birthday.”

When Ewert Grens enters the Stockholm apartment, the scent of spoiled food and something far worse hits his nose. What he sees will stay with him for years to come. Almost two decades have passed when he finds himself back at the apartment again. Someone has returned, and is looking for Zana. It will be a race against time to find her before they do.

Anders Roslund’s bone-chilling Knock Knock is a tale of revenge and treachery, and sees the iconic duo Grens and Hoffman reunite as the world trembles during three explosive days.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official Swedish bestseller lists for week 28 (8th-14th of July) see Jo Nesbø keeping a steady hold of the No. 1 spots on the hardcover and e-book lists alike, with latest Harry Hole installment Knife. He also nabs the No. 2 position on the audio list. Lars Kepler joins him in the hardcover category at No. 4 with Lazarus, the seventh novel in the Joona Linna series.

’Knife’ No. 6 on The New York Times Bestseller list

Jo Nesbø’s Knife, published in the US by Knopf last week, debuts at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction, and at No. 5 on the combined print & e-book list.

Trailer release for ‘Koko-di Koko-da’

Johannes Nyholm’s horror film Koko-di Koko-da, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is set to be released in theatres in Sweden on August 24th.

In Koko-di Koko-da a couple goes on a vacation in order to reconnect following a family tragedy. They are then confronted by their inner demons in the form of a surreal circus company that pulls them into a maelstrom of psychological terror.

Koko-di Koko-da has been nominated for multiple awards including the ‘Grand Jury Prize’ at the Sundance Festival, the ‘Tiger Award’ at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and ‘Best Nordic Film’ at the Gothenburg Film Festival.